POV Reviews

June 3, 2004
Explores the greater effects of the Holocaust on faith, not only in God but in other people, while revealing a single family's tale of survival.
June 2, 2004
The singular beauty of Hiding and Seeking is its delicate but relentless probing of ambiguous motivation on the one hand, and its hearteningly conciliatory spirit on the other.
April 2, 2004
What makes the film both watchable and important is the candid, untidy way it presents conflicting emotions and multiple points of view.
March 26, 2004
A thoughtful documentary in which the filmmaker sets out to overcome the religious insularity of his two adult sons.
February 12, 2004
Its examination of the long-lasting effects of evil on the psyche of its victims and their descendants is both thoughtful and much needed in these increasingly polarized times.
February 6, 2004
With his filmmaking partner Oren Rudavsky, Menachem Daum is a rare documentarian willing to explore the painful subject of some Orthodox Jews' intolerance towards gentiles, and he does it in a highly personal fashion.
March 1, 2007
With the feel, look and indulgences of a sincere, even well-made home movie, it's an awkward fit for theatres.
August 17, 2006
When the Daum's return from Israel, in one of the most impactful scenes, the boys sit with their maternal grandfather, an old wrinkled Jew with a short white beard, and ask him why he never tried to contact the Polish farmer who selflessly saved his life.
May 12, 2004
"All religions today are in danger of being hijacked by extremists." This quote and theme makes H&S one of those poignant films with respect to current world events.
April 5, 2004
If the film is a humanist's vision, it is also is a genealogist's dream come true-of spiritual and historical discovery despite insurmountable odds.